The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that combines several liquor-law bills that had been progressing through the Legislature but now excludes eliminating Utah's so-called "Zion Curtain."
It voted 25-1 to pass HB228, and returned it to the House. The House later refused by voice vote to accept Senate changes, so both bodies appointed a conference committee to negotiate changes.
Sponsoring Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, excluded language to remove the Zion Curtain or Zion Wall, as it is popularly referred to: an opaque, 7-foot-2 barrier that conceals the drink preparation area from dining patrons. Supporters say that seeing drinks poured or prepared can be enticing to children.